Adam Isacson

Still trying to understand Latin America, my own country, and why so few consequences are intended. These views are not necessarily my employer’s.

May 2018

The day ahead: May 31, 2018

I’m most reachable in the morning. (How to contact me) Still getting my act together on this last day of May, after returning from travel. I have lots of border and Colombia work on deck for June and July, but I need several more hours of thinking and organizing to clear the decks and have the […]

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The day ahead: May 30, 2018

I’ll be most reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) OK—after a week of traveling, adjustment to time zones, following Colombia’s presidential election results, and a meeting-filled day yesterday, today I’m finally back at a computer screen with proper internet access for an uninterrupted period. I need a few hours this morning just to clear […]

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This is a striking graphic

Although the peace accord was reportedly a low priority among Colombian voters, this graphic of Sunday’s first-round presidential vote shows a sharp divergence between the half of the country that voted “yes” for the FARC peace accord on October 2, 2016, and the half of the country that voted “no.”

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Who won where yesterday in Colombia

Many thanks to GitHub user “infrahumano” for posting all municipal data about yesterday’s presidential election in Colombia. Crunching those numbers yields interesting results: Poorer and historically conflictive parts of Colombia went for former Bogotá mayor Gustavo Petro. Wealthier parts of Colombia went for former Medellín mayor Sergio Fajardo. Parts of Colombia that are neither too […]

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The past week in Colombia’s peace process

(Week of May 13-19) Transitional Justice System Suspends Santrich Extradition The case of FARC leader Seusis Pausias Hernández alias Jesús Santrich, arrested on April 9 with the possibility of extradition to the United States for narcotrafficking, grew more complicated this week. The Review Chamber of the new Special Peace Jurisdiction (JEP, the transitional justice system […]

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George Orwell’s Barcelona

This building in central Barcelona was once the Hotel Continental, where George Orwell and his wife stayed when he wasn’t at the front, fighting with an anti-Stalinist Marxist militia during the Spanish Civil War. Here is where this scene in Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia played out, just as the pro-Soviet communists began their crackdown on all other […]

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My LASA presentation slides

If I were smarter, I’d have recorded my Latin American Studies Association panel discussion and shared the audio as a podcast, like Greg Weeks did. Instead, here’s the 36-slide presentation I used to explain the experience of U.S. support for Colombia’s peace process under the Trump administration. It’s below, or just download the 16mb PDF file […]

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Day 3 in Barcelona

Here’s a photo from my early morning jog along the Mediterranean. I’m here for the Latin American Studies Association’s annual conference. I like these gatherings, it’s good to see everyone from old professors to colleagues in the region. And it’s really important to find out about work being done by younger, newer (and less male […]

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Latin America-Related Events in Washington This Week

Tuesday, May 22 9:00–11:00 at the Wilson Center: Rule of Law, a Linchpin of U.S. Foreign Policy: A Conversation with Senator Ben Cardin. (RSVP required). 11:30–6:30 at the Stimson Center: Taking Aim: A Closer Look at the Global Arms Trade. (RSVP required). 1:00–2:15 at the Wilson Center: One Month Out: New Perspectives on the 2018 […]

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The day ahead

I’ll be difficult to contact today, and all week. (How to contact me) I’m in a staff meeting, then guest-teaching a Syracuse University in Washington class about Colombia, then headed to the airport. I’ll be flying overnight to Barcelona, where I’ll be all week at the annual Latin American Studies Association conference.

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The week ahead

I’m off to Barcelona, Spain in a few hours, where I’ll be attending the annual Latin American Studies Association conference all week. I’ll post things to this site when I can, but output will be lower than usual.

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) May 18, 2018 Brazil Cristina Maza, “Did Isis Reach Brazil? 11 People Are Charged With Trying to Set Up a Jihadi Cell” (Newsweek, May 18, 2018). The individuals did not know one another but allegedly were using the messaging app WhatsApp to discuss plans to conduct a terrorist attack Cuba Nora Gamez […]

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The day ahead: May 18, 2018

I’ll be reachable in the afternoon. (How to contact me) I’m off shortly to talk about Colombia before a human rights seminar, a class of mostly civilians from around the region, at the National Defense University’s Perry Center. I’ll be in the office in the afternoon, working on my LASA paper and just trying to get […]

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Some articles I found interesting this morning

(Even more here) May 17, 2018 Central America Regional, Mexico “Editorial: The Cruelty of Breaking Up Immigrant Families” (The New York Times, May 17, 2018). Even supporters of tougher enforcement should tell the White House that it is going too far. It can enforce immigration laws without such draconian measures and protect children Colombia “Editorial: […]

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